Join the Movement Overview

How it Works

By signing your firm (or office) up to join the SE 2050 Commitment Program you will be making a formal commitment to a path of substantive reductions of embodied carbon in structural systems. Through your project work you’ll be making progress with measured reductions, advocacy and sharing of your results for the broader movement.

The Program is set up to work as a two-way street where we provide you the necessary support, education and tools you need to be successful and in turn you provide us with a commitment plan, advocacy and design data on the systems you design for tracking purposes. This approach will put our profession in a position to successfully achieve the goal of net zero embodied carbon structural systems by 2050.

Finally, we understand what it’s like to be a structural engineer with the demands of deliverables and schedules. That being said, we do expect that if you are signing up to this program that you remain actively engaged and find ways to contribute this important movement. To have success we have to do this together and we need as many structural engineers to engage in this effort. We sincerely hope you join us and help make net zero embodied carbon structures possible!

Program Requirements

The SE 2050 Commitment entails three primary requirements.

  1. Upon joining: Commitment Letter from Firm Leadership
  2. Within six months and annually: Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP)
  3. Within one year and annually: Submit data to SE 2050 project database.

Click on the links below for further information on the requirements.

When you’re ready to commit and officially sign up, please click on the ‘sign up’ button under the ‘Join the Movement’ banner. You’ll be asked to provide basic firm information, a high-resolution firm logo, identify the firm embodied carbon champion for this effort, and upload your firm’s commitment letter. We’ve provided a template for you below. Upon receiving your commitment letter, we will send a welcome package to your firm’s champion with instructions for the next steps.

ECAP and Program Requirements Guidance Document

Firm Commitment Letter Template (PDF)

Firm Commitment Letter Template (Word)

Benefits of Joining

  • Help clients save money by further emphasizing efficient structural systems with minimal structural material quantities.
  • Boost your firm profile by developing new sustainability approaches and creating a culture that exemplifies sustainable design.
  • Have access to tools that will allow you to benchmark embodied carbon metrics, set targets, track progress, and validate your design approach for embodied carbon savings against industry trends.
  • Be part of a growing cadre of firms who are working to combat climate change through education, embodied carbon modeling using LCA methods, and advocacy.
  • Be given educational resources for your firm’s staff to improve their understanding of embodied carbon impacts of structural systems and access to a basic tool for determining an order of magnitude impact of embodied carbon for a structural system.
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